Police are warning that an old scam is making a return.
Pawtucket Police would like to advise that they have received information that the virtual kidnapping scams have resurfaced once again.
Virtual kidnappers, through deceptions and threats, coerce victims to pay a quick ransom through false pretenses that a loved one has been kidnapped. if you receive a call like this, you should be suspicious if the caller tries to prevent you from hanging up and contacting the victim.
If this does happen to you, the following should be considered:
* In most cases, the best course of action is to hang up.
* Attempt to contact the alleged victim via phone, text, or social media, and request they cal you back from their cell phone.
* Attempt to contact the alleged victim via phone, text, or social media, and request they call you back from their cell phone.
* Do not disclose your loved one’s name or identifying information.
* Avoid sharing information about yourself or your family.
* Request to speak to your family member directly. Ask: ” How do I know my loved one is OK?”
* Ask questions only the alleged kidnap victim would know the answer/s to.
* DO NOT agree to pay ransom, by wire or in person. The kidnappers often have you go to multiple banks and multiple locations and have you wait for further instructions. Delivering money in person can be dangerous.
If you suspect a real kidnapping is taking place or you believe a ransom demand is a scheme, contact your local or nearest law enforcement agency immediately.